Microsoft Silverlight is a browser plug-in for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari that blends animation, audio/video, and user interaction to deliver great website experiences.
Silverlight benefits include simplified playback of high-definition video; more responsive websites; and powerful internet applications on a growing number of websites, including Microsoft.com and MSN.com.
Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive applications for many screens across the Web, desktop, and mobile devices.
Silverlight is a free plug-in, powered by the .NET framework and compatible with multiple browsers, devices and operating systems, bringing a new level of interactivity wherever the Web works. Silverlight 4 adds a ton of new features, like webcam, microphone, and printing, to enable you to create incredible applications.
This latest version of Silverlight delivers hundreds of features and controls that, when combined with the continued innovation in Microsoft’s world-class tools for designers and developers — Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Expression Blend – present the leading edge in rapid, powerful application development. With printing support, rich reporting and charting, and integration with back-end systems and server products including Microsoft SharePoint, Silverlight is ready for business.
Top Silverlight Features:
* IIS Smooth Streaming - Enables you to deliver high definition streams that play back smoothly on any device running Silverlight.
* Out of Browser - Offers a new set of features for building light-weight, sandboxed companion experiences for the web that run on the desktop.
* SketchFlow - Part of Expression Studio, revolutionizes the speed and efficiency with which you can demonstrate a vision for an application.
* Deep Zoom - Fastest, smoothest, zooming technology on the web, bringing the highest resolution images and frames rates...
* Pivot - Easier to interact with massive amount of data on the web in ways that are powerful, informative and fun.
* New Controls - Packed with over 60 high-quality, fully skinnable and customizable out-of-the-box controls such as charting and media, new layout containers...
* Media Format Extensibility - With the new Raw AV pipeline, Silverlight can easily support a wide variety of third-party codecs.
* Perspective 3D Graphics - Allows developers and designer to apply content to a 3D plane.
* Skinning and Styling - Easily create graphics and then use them to customize controls, such as the look of a scrollbar.